Mini Meatloaf Muffin Bites for kids.Have you ever noticed how many things are cuter tiny? This Mini Meatloaf Muffin recipe is no exception. Kids will love popping these cute bite sized dinner entrees into their mouths, and hey, there is some vegetable goodness hidden in there.

My haven’t always jumped for joy at the mention of meatloaf. I don’t know if it’s the name, or the things we put in it that they think they don’t like. Either way, it hasn’t always been an easy sell.

This week I decided to dress it up a bit, mini meatloaf muffins. They’re tiny, cute and a simple way to make meatloaf fun! We even put creamy mashed potatoes on top to look like frosting!

Mini Meatloaf Muffins recipe for kids.

I liked the idea of regular meatloaf muffins. The only problem was they were so big! They were too much food for my littlest ones, and difficult to eat. What kid wants to eat a cupcake with a fork?

That’s when I had the idea for Mini Meatloaf Muffins! They are small, easy to eat, and the fact that they resemble teeny tiny birthday cupcakes doesn’t hurt either. Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

Mini Meatloaf Muffin Recipe for kids.

Mini Meatloaf Muffin Recipe:

Mini Meatloaf Muffins:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ ketchup
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbs prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, oregano, and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes.

Veggie Mix for Mini Meatloaves.

Combine sautéed mixture into large mixing bowl. Add all remaining ingredients mix together using a large spoon or your hands.

Mini Meatloaf Muffin Bites recipe for kids.

Spoon the meat mixture into a greased mini muffin tin. Top each with a squirt of ketchup. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until thermometer reads 160 degrees. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Mashed Potato Frosting:

  • 4 cups cubed and peeled Yukon Gold Potato
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 Tbs butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

While the Mini Meatloaf muffins are cooking, peel and cube potatoes. Boil in pot for 15 minutes or until soft. Drain water from potatoes. Add milk, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper. Use a potato masher or a hand mixer until potatoes are smooth.

Mini Meatloaf Muffin recipe - great for kids.

Using a frosting bag and frosting tip, pipe the potatoes onto the top of the meatloaf muffins. A Ziplock bag with a small hole cut at the corner can also work if a frosting bag is not available. Garnish with chives, bacon bits, or grated cheese.

This Mini Meatloaf Muffin recipe is sure to capture the interest and hopefully appetite of your kids. We hope you enjoy it and that your own little minis are begging for “More Meatloaf!”

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